If vision isn’t one of the distinctives of leadership, then what element separates out the leadership role from followership?
As I recount in the introduction to Embracing Followership, the journey of formulating and capturing my thoughts on followership launched in 2011, after reading a book entitled A Vision of the Possible. A brief comment by the author indicated that we have plenty of books on leadership, but that we really need a book on how … Continue reading Inspiration: A Vision of the Possible
What’s the fuel for your followership?
Influencing? Bringing about compliance? Adopting others’ goals? Facilitating superior performance? Are these the core elements of the leadership-followership dynamic?
How are you doing with leading via electronic communication?
Are you pursuing ease, when life-giving engagement is on offer?
Are you clued into the depths of your own vision and passions? Are others aware of them? Are you aware of others’ interests and burdens?
For me, the answer to “what is leadership?” is fairly simple. Conveniently, I answer a similar question about followership in the same way.
If leaders are both the visionaries and the change agents, then what’s left for the followers to do?
Many people associate the leadership role with vision as a fundamental aspect. I am not a visionary, and so I brought my followership perspective instead.
While the number of leaders in any group are limited, the number of ‘owners’ of a project is not. Followers and leaders alike can exhibit profound ownership–regardless of where the idea originated from. But this ownership must be encouraged, must be facilitated, must be permitted by those involved.
Given the option of being labeled a sheep or a sheepdog, which would you rather be? Being called a sheep is perhaps the most common negative image of followership–often intended to portray mindlessness, weakness, simplicity. Who wouldn’t rather be a powerful and productive sheepdog?